Goals of the H. Stewart Dunn, Jr. Civil Liberties Project

Timothy P. Dunn and Ellen Stofan established the H. Stewart Dunn Jr. Civil Liberties Project in 2011 to inspire undergraduate and law students at William & Mary to lend their talents to protecting civil liberties afforded citizens of the United States of America by the U.S. Constitution.  


There is a natural partnership between the Dunn family and the College of William & Mary, as both the Dunn family and the College have proven their dedication to the advancement of civil liberties. The Project's namesake, H. Stewart Dunn Jr., dedicated a lifetime to civic duties with a particular devotion to the protection of civil rights for all U.S. citizens. The College of William & Mary has a unique role in United States history and a centuries long history of educating its students about their civil liberties.

The Project funds a variety of programs across the campus of The College of William & Mary and in the community, with the goal of enhancing knowledge of civil liberties and encouraging future generations of graduates to devote their time to advancing civil liberties causes.  Thousands of students pass through the halls of William & Mary every year; the Project hopes to encourage these students to advance civil liberties following the model of H. Stewart Dunn Jr.  A prominent tax attorney, Dunn made time to promote civil liberties causes throughout his career.  The Project hopes to instill that same dedication in the students of William & Mary and encourage them to work to enhance civil liberties no matter their chosen field.

Timothy P. Dunn and Ellen Stofan's generous $1.1 million pledge will help fund:

  • Summer internships for undergraduate and law students with organizations that support and protect civil liberties
  • Research projects by undergraduate and graduate students with faculty assistance on topics related to and supporting civil liberties.
  • Guest lecturers and speakers on campus or in the community with a particular focus on practitioners and researchers in the field.
  • Collaborative teaching of civil rights and liberties between the Law School and undergraduate academic programs.
  • Community outreach initiatives that inform the general public about their civil liberties and rights.
  • Post-graduate positions with organizations that support and protect civil liberties and rights.